Your first time undergoing plastic surgery is both exciting and full of mysteries. After your first surgery, you’ll understandably have many questions; in particular, how your body will be adapting and recovering after the actual procedure.

Similar to what you’ve done when preparing for the surgery, there are some things you need to do after to ensure a timely if not speedy recovery.

Medication and Rest

After your cosmetic surgery in Auckland, the surgeon will recommend that you take medication to deal with the swelling and pain you will likely experience. However, you will likely also need to get a lot of sleep after the actual procedure. Make sure you have a clear schedule to allow for proper recovery.

You’ll be experiencing a bit of pain afterwards, and the medication may interfere with physical activities such as walking, running and lifting. Rest appropriately and don’t lift anything heavy or strain yourself physically. If you need to climb any stairs, do it slowly so that you don’t hurt yourself or aggravate the pain.

Never Gauge Your Pain Threshold

Bodies do not heal at the same rate, and pain thresholds will vary. After surgery, you must remember to take your medication on time. The worst you can do is to gauge your pain threshold and ‘test’ it. Never attempt this as you may only worsen the pain, and may even cause bleeding and bruising.

Stitches, Incisions and Cleaning

After surgery, your doctor will tell you the earliest you can take a shower, typically after a day or two. After that time frame, keep your stitches dry and clean.

Your surgeon will remove the dressings and stitches during your post operation visit, but until then, make sure you keep it clean. Moist stitches may cause infections. Have hydrogen peroxide ready to clean your stitches completely. Do not take a bath or go swimming until at least three weeks after surgery.

Binders and Swelling

One of the best ways to prevent aggravating the swelling you’ll be experiencing after surgery is by wearing the compression bandages, surgical bras or other cupports given to you by your surgeon. It is not necessary to keep any sutures tight and compressed, but it is very important to keep them covered and clean. Anti-inflammatory medication can help reduce any swelling but before self medicating, it is important to consult your doctor or surgeon first.

Ideally, you should keep the wound covered at all times only removing it when you shower or wash. This may change on a case by case basis so it is a good idea to talk to your surgeon about ways to keep covered. To prevent infection, make sure any bandages or garments you wear over the wound are clean and sterile.

The recovery process after your cosmetic surgery entirely depends on your body, age and even skin type. The best way to speed up your recovery is to listen to your surgeon and make sure you get the appropriate rest post-operation.

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